Most dog owners know to keep their beloved canine friends away from people food. Still, most of us occasionally offer that scrap of bacon under the table.
While small amounts seem harmless, they may potentially lead to our animals wanting human food in large quantities.
A recent incident reported by the Sacramento SPCA has proven to be a sad example of what can happen when a pup eats too much food he shouldn’t.
It is unknown whether the “scruffy puppy” was given the large number of ribs he ingested, or if it was an accident.
We do know that emergency surgery was performed to try and save the dog following the life-threatening incident.
“This sweet scruffy puppy came to us after ingesting a large amount of ribs,” Sacramento SPCA shared on Facebook.
The post went on to reveal that nearly 50 “rib type” bones were found in the pup’s intestines and stomach. While things were looking up when he started eating a bit while in foster care, the dog didn’t make it.
“We aren’t sure if he was fed these purposefully or if this adorable scoundrel got himself into the garbage,” Sacramento SPCA stated. “But it’s better to be safe than sorry — keep human food away from your furry friends!”
A follow up post was shared, relaying that the puppy had passed. “Our veterinary team provided him with additional treatment, but unfortunately his little body could not quite catch up,” the post explained.
According to a recent article published in January of this year by the American Kennel Club, not all people food is unsafe for dogs.
“Some of the foods people eat can be introduced to a dog’s diet just fine, and even provide health benefits such as joint strength, better breath, and allergy immunity,” AKC states.
While some nuts and certain fruits and vegetables are big no-nos, other human foods like fish, cheese and cashews seem to be okay in small quantities.
As always, if you are a pet owner, make sure you research what foods are safe for your furry friends before offering them as treats or a part of their regular diet.
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